Friday, December 9, 2016

Dancing with the Sugar Plum Fairy

Last Friday, Mount Lebanon School attended Clara's Dream at the Lebanon Opera House.  Today, in class, we read the book The Nutcracker retold by Jean Richardson and illustrated by Francesca Crespi. Then, students watch a video on how nutcrackers are made.  After the video, students learned how to draw their own using this video.  Stay tuned for the finished product!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Conferences are coming up!


Dear Families,
It’s time for parent-teacher conferences!  I am excited to meet with each of you to discuss your child’s progress!  Conferences are being scheduled the week of October 31st. November 2nd and 3rd are early release days.  Conferences will be about 15 minutes each.   Please fill out the form below and return it to school by Thursday, October 27th. Make your choices by ranking them 1st, 2nd, or 3rd choice and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.  If you are scheduled for a meeting with the school within the next few weeks due to an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting, it is not necessary for you to attend an additional meeting as we can combine the conference with that meeting.  Thank you for your cooperation! I look forward to meeting with you!

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Phone Number: _______________________  Child’s Name ______________________

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GRAY BOXES =  Times Ms. Allen is NOT available ** = EARLY RELEASE

Friday, September 30, 2016

Things we love about fourth grade...

  • My teachers (they're cool)
  • The art projects
  • Class Dojo
  • Reading Time for Kids
  • It's organized
  • We have fun when we play games at morning meeting
  • Read aloud with Ms. Allen because she changes her voice for different characters
  • Layers of the earth clay models
  • My friends
  • The Terrible Two
  • The rainbow projects - our goal setting activity
  • Our little French man's impersonations
  • Yodeling
  • Quizzes on tiny paper
  • Bright walls and lots of decorations
  • Our teacher's voice

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Today's Morning Meeting Sharing: If I Had a Million Dollars

  • I'd save for college, buy a house and have three rescue cats.  I'd also save enough money to have them neutered.  
  • I'd buy a house, a car, a dog, and I'd replace my computer
  • I'd buy a pit bull and a truck
  • I'd buy a chimpanzee
  • I'd pay the rent and bank the rest of the money
  • I'd buy an apartment building and a restaurant with a house in it
  • I'd give the money to a homeless shelter
  • I'd help my mom pay her rent
  • I'd give all the money to my mom
  • I'd buy a marmoset and a bunny
  • I'd help people get back on their feet
  • I'd use mine for groceries
  • I'd buy airspace defense
  • I'd give half of it to healthcare and then buy a camera
  • Pay the bills 
  • Hire a private nurse for my grandma
  • Invent a tube like they have at the bank so I could go visit my family easily and quickly
  • I'd hire a personal assistant
  • I'd stock food pantries
  • I'd buy three houses  - one in Florida, one for my son and his three kids, and one for my other son in the Dominican Republic (he has to travel there a lot)
  • I'd buy a house in Prince Edward Island and then invest the rest and give the interest to charitable causes

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Fourth Day of School

Today in Daily 5, we learned how to pick good fit books. To help us pick good fit books, we use the acronym I-Pick. I-Pick stands for Independent, Purposeful, Interest, Comprehend, and Know.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Welcome to Class!

Welcome back to school! Tomorrow, August 31st, 2016, we'll gather together for the very first day of our 177 days together! Families are invited to escort their children into school at 8:05 for a meet and greet. Then, parents will be invited by Ms. Ginty to the multi-purpose room for some vittles (thank you PTO). Students, be sure to wear sneakers as we have PE and recess orientation. See you bright and early in your shiny new shoes and stiffly starched shirts!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Learning of the Day

We learned about clouds!
We learned how to determine greatest and least decimals!
We learned about the Boston Massacre.
We learned Tuvalu is near the International Dateline.
The Shakers lined up shortest to tallest.
We learned how to play a new parachute game.

Testing 1-2-3

We'll be testing on the following dates:  May 10, 11, 12, 13 (for SBAC) and May 18, 19, 20 (for NWEA).

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring is in the Air

What a wet day!  It was pouring buckets at Mount Lebanon School today.  A good day to be a fish!
As many of you know, we raised eastern brook trout in our classroom.  Last week, however, our fourth grade learned a very important lesson about life and death.  Our trout, 200 of them, perished for an unknown reason.  Our tank was the correct temperature, water quality was good, trout were developing well, but for some reason,  they didn't make it.  We used the situation as a teachable moment.  We observed a live trout and a dead one and noticed differences in each.  We are still planning on going to the river to do a release (Hanover Street School is giving us some trout) on Thursday.  While we are there, we'll check water quality (oxygen level, ph level), food supply (we'll make sure there's enough BMI), habitat (riffle, run, and pool) and we'll talk about the importance of a  watershed with the book A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Newsela is a new online offering for elementary students. Today the kids get to vote.  Here's the link to the polls:
Primary Vote!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Welcome to the world!  Here's one of our very own brook trout from our aquatic nursery.  We looked at this specimen under the Ken-A-Vision microscope today.  This trout is in the alevin stage.  An alevin carries around a sac full of nutrients.  When all of the nutrients are absorbed, the trout will "swim up."  Swimming up is when the trout are looking for REAL food!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


We have trout hatching!  Today we observed four trout to of whom have hatched out of their egg! Ask your son/daughter about it today.
Here's a picture of an alevin taken from Henretta Science

Monday, January 11, 2016


Today, Mrs. Stone, our school media specialist introduced our class to a new type of reading material.  They are called Playaways.  Playaways are prerecorded audio players.  This is what they look like:
Image result for what is a playaway?
Starting tomorrow, your child will be able to check out a Playaway from our school library.  Here's how to use the Playaway:
How to use a Playaway